News-Antique.com - Nov 28,2011 - 10) Eddie Plank 1911 T206 card
Eddie Plank, nicknamed ‘Gettysburg Eddie’, was one of the greatest left-handed pitchers to play the game. After a career with the Philadelphia Athletics, the St. Louis Terriers and the St. Louis Browns he retired in 1917, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946.
In a Goodwin & Company auction in April 2011 a PSA 6 copy of his 1911 T206 card sold for a price of $193,767 (including buyer’s premium).
9) Joe Jackson 1910 T210 card
Shoeless Joe only appeared on a single tobacco card, the 1910 T210 Old Mill card whilst he was with the Minor League side the New Orleans Pelicans. Fewer than 10 are known to exist, and the finest copy to appear at auction was sold by Robert Edwards Auctions in May 2011 for a price of $199,750.
8) Joe Jackson 1914 Boston Garter card
Jackson’s alleged role in the Chicago Black Sox scandal and his lifetime ban from baseball has always been questioned, and as efforts to clear his name increase year after year so does the popularity of his early cards.
His 1914 H813 Boston Garter colour card is especially sought after, with an SGC 70-graded example sold by Mastro Auctions in August 2007 for a price of $204,000.
7) Honus Wagner 1910 Standard Caramel card
Although not in the same league as his legendary T206 card, the Honus Wagner 1910 Standard Caramel remains a jewel in many collections. Highly rare in mint condition, the record price for an example was set in August 2011 when a PSA 9 card sold in a Memory Lane Inc auction for £219,000.
6) Ty Cobb 1911 General Baking Co card
Early Ty Cobb cards can be hard to come by, and one of the rarest of them all is the 1911 Brunner’s Bread card produced by the General Baking Company.
Perhaps the only card to feature Cobb smiling, the rarity of this card has seen become the most valuable of all Ty Cobb cards. A PSA 8-graded card sold during a Goodwin & Company auction in September 2008 for a price of $272,980 (including buyer’s premium).
5) Lou Gehrig 1933 Goudey card
Legendary Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig remains one of the most popular players of all time and his cards are always sought after by collectors.
In August 2011 an extraordinary PSA 10 gem mint-state example of the Gehrig 1933 Goudey card was sold from the collection of PSA registry Hall of Fame member Charles Merkel for a price of $275,000 at a Memory Lane Inc auction.
4) Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps card
The very same Memory Lane Inc auction also saw the sale of the most valuable post-war card in the hobby – the 1952 Topps Mickey mantle card.
This card is regarded as one of the most iconic cards in baseball history, with only three PSA 10 gem mint-state cards known to exist. This PSA 9 mint card sold for a record price of